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Gut Health in Poultry

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Start Date:31 May 2018

Start Time:4:30pm CET (Paris)

Duration:60 minutes


Formulating diets to support intestinal health in birds

Many factors affect gut health, and subsequent performance, in poultry.

Feed quality, farm management and genetics can influence the gut microbiota in birds; strategies for optimal poultry gut health functioning thus are likely to be multi-factorial.

Following on from our previous forum on this topic in March 2017, we again ask the experts for their latest insights into the effect of feed ingredients on gut health in birds.

We will ask our panel about the mode of action of certain feed additives and why they may be effective in ensuring healthy broiler or layer development in the post-antibiotics era.


René Kwakkel

Programme Director BSc & MSc Animal Sciences, Associate Professor Poultry Nutrition
Wageningen University

Rene got his training at the Wageningen University (WU) (BSc and MSc) with theses on ‘Rumen degradation of fibre in dairy cattle’ and ‘Aspects of early embryonic mortality in pigs’. From 1986 to 2015 he worked in various functions (PhD student, Research Assistant and Assistant Professor) at the Animal Nutrition Group at Wageningen University, specialising in Poultry Nutrition. He wrote his PhD thesis about ‘Multiphasic growth in the layer pullet: effects of nutrient restrictions during rearing’ (1994).

In the last 20 years he published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and 11 PhD-students graduated under his supervision. He acted 13 times as external examiner at foreign universities. Currently he supervises 6 PhD-students.

Since 2007, Rene combines a job as Associate Professor at the Animal Nutrition Group with a half-time job as Programme Director of the Bachelor and Master Programme in Animal Sciences at WU. In that position he leads a team of 8 study advisors and recruitment officers. Since 2018, he got a position as Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada.

Richard Ducatelle, PhD

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Ghent University, Belgium

Veterinarian, graduated from Ghent University in Belgium in 1978. PhD in veterinary pathology from Ghent University in 1983.

Scientific advisor for the Belgian government from 1984 till 1989. Full professor in veterinary pathology at Ghent University, Belgium, since 1989.

Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists. Diplomate of the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science. President of WVPA Belgian branch since 1991. Past-president ESVP.

Tone Stigen Martinsen

CEO and consultant
Bjørnerød Konsult AS

Animal nutrition consultant ready to take on larger and smaller projects in the field of animal nutrition, product management and quality assurance. Experienced in creating market opportunities through tailoring solutions and developing strong product platform strategies. Attention to detail, ability to seek and apply knowledge from the team is the key to success.

Ade Adebiyi

Poultry Nutritionist
AB Agri

Ade Adebiyi is a Poultry Nutritionist at ABN; the compound feed business of AB Agri in the UK. Ade provides technical and commercial nutrition for broilers, broiler breeders, turkey and commercial layers. Ade’s clients include some of the largest poultry producers in the UK.

He is also actively involved in the ABN poultry research program. Ade has a PhD in poultry nutrition.

Jane Byrne

Senior Editor

Jane has over 16 years’ experience in the field of communications and journalism. She has written extensively on a range of diverse topics from current affairs to politics to education to food production, packaging, safety and ingredients. Previously senior editor of FoodNavigator, she now heads up the FEED division of WRBM.


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